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Last Day of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: Why Do You Read Romance Novels?
January 31st, 2014

Congratulations to Margo, who won yesterday’s drawing! I’ll be emailing Margo to arrange delivery of her choice of book.

Well, we made it. This is Day 31 of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway. For the topic, let’s keep it short and sweet: Why do you read romance novels?

For me, it helps me keep up my optimism. I mean, I’m a writer, and I’m always interested in stories, all kinds of stories (except horror—gives me nightmares). But why romance? Because I’m fascinated by the dynamic of male and female. How different they are in the way they think and the way they see the world, and yet how similar. That’s what keeps me reading romances, and also what drives me to write them.

In the end, I love the feeling of falling in love, that issues can be overcome. Reading romances allows me to forget my problems and lose them in something bigger: the pirates are attacking the ship, we’re on the run from the bad guys who want to kill me because I witnessed a murder, or maybe I meet a guy who time travelled from the future in order to save the human race. Those problems are definitely bigger than me trying to finagle an extra car repair from the budget or try and figure out what to get my sister for her wedding. They make my problems seem surmountable. 🙂

What about you? Why do you read romance novels? Comment to be included in a drawing to win a paperback title from my backlist! And remember, on February 1, I will be pulling three names from everyone who commented on the blog in the month of January to win a book and a gift card!

10 Responses to “Last Day of the 31 Days of Books Giveaway: Why Do You Read Romance Novels?”


    I read for the joy of being transported to another time…the historical aspect…that you are not alone enduring difficulties…and yes, the falling in love!

  2. Donna Burton says:

    I’m a single woman with no romantic entanglements of my own, but I do have a romantic streak so I enjoy reading romance novels, the spicier the better!

  3. This has been such a great run of blog posts, Debra. Congratulations on the promotion and your publishing anniversary! I read romance because there’s nothing more enjoyably escapist that reading about/watching/experiencing two people falling in love. That butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling is fun to experience even vicariously.

  4. Tari Jewett says:

    I’ve lived a thousand lives reading books, romance is definitely my favorite. I can live in a different time period without giving up my modern conveniences. I can have a thousand affairs without ever being unfaithful to my husband.

    What’s not to love aobut romance?

  5. bn100 says:

    for the HEA

  6. Mia says:

    It’s my way of living as many lives as possible and being exposed to as many slices of life as possible in a way that appeals to the optimist in me (thus romance and HEAs) within the one little life I have. 😉

  7. What a great month of posts you’ve had, Deb! Congratulations. I love that romances always end happily. It’s fun to watch two people work through their conflicts to a happy ending.

  8. Danube Adele says:

    I love reading about falling in love – the ups and downs – my real life is too difficult not to want a wonderful ending in my story every time.

  9. Janie McGaugh says:

    I read romance mostly for the escape; almost as important, though, is experiencing everything the characters go through to get to their HEA.

  10. Beth says:

    Never really though about why I like reading romance. At first, when all I read was m/f romance, it might have been that I could imagine that it was me getting that happy ending. Now that I read about 70% m/m/f or m/m, I’m not so sure anymore. Maybe, since I read more paranormal than anything else, it’s closer to the same reason I love reading straight sci-fi. As an escape from real life, always with a little bit of hope that some of what I read about may actually be out there, now or in the future.

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